EVESHAM UNITED FC SQUAD 2022-23

Management Profiles

Mike Ford – Manager

Mike, as a player represented Cardiff City and Oxford United, clocking up close to 500 league appearances, gaining two promotions during that time. Following retirement due to injury, Mike has managed Oxford United (twice in caretaker roles) and was also assistant manager there for a period.  He then went on to manage Oxford City, (2009-2014) leading them to promotion to the National League Southern Division. He then moved to Banbury United (2015-2020) where he gained promotion from Evesham’s level in 2016, before establishing them in the Premier Division from that point. He helped manage St. Ives Town last season.

Mike is a UEFA A licensed coach, who has experience working with and developing young players, including being the Oxford United Youth Team Manager.


Anton Sambrook – Assistant Manager

Anton played 250 games for Banbury United and Brackley Town before starting his coaching career in 2004. He was part of Mike’s management team at Banbury United from 2016-20, also having a previous spell at the club as Assistant Manager from 2007/09. He had previous coaching and management roles at Bedworth United and Cogenhoe United before returning to Banbury in 2016. He also worked with Mike at St. Ives Town.


Mike Byrne – Coach

Mike is a vastly experienced and highly qualified coach. Mike is a FA Coach Developer and is the holder of the UEFA A licence for outfield and goalkeeping. He has previously held coaching positions with Forest Green Rovers’ first team and the youth academies at Bristol Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swindon Town, as well as a number of non-league sides. Mike currently works full-time with Forest Green Rovers based in the Academy.


Player Profiles

Fraser Barnsley – Goalkeeper

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Second-year scholar with Oxford United who has signed on loan until Christmas.


Isaac Parry – Goalkeeper

Isaac is a product of the club’s youth system and has been promoted to the first team.


Adam Mace – Defender

Adam joined Evesham Bishops Cleeve where he had been the captain. He was also at Cheltenham Town as a junior, before also playing for Shortwood United and Slimbridge FC. Club captain.


Daniel Djurovic – Defender

Daniel joined from Redditch United, for whom he has made 19 appearances. Daniel is a defender who was previously in the academy at Birmingham City FC.


Charlie Johnson – Defender

Charlie Johnson, a left footed defender returns to Evesham United having been released by Yate Town. He turned out last season for Roman Glass St George and is a member of the successful Hartpury University football team.


Luca Smith – Defender

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Had pre-season with Redditch United. Joins us having impressed in training whilst on trial. He has played for his university over the last couple of years.


Elliott Keightley – Defender

Elliott is a former Hartpury University graduate. He joined the club with a vast amount of Southern League experience.  He has also enjoyed spells for North Leigh, Paulton Rovers and Yate Town, amongst others.


Michael O’ Regan – Defender

Michael played for Stratford Town last season and is a product of their Academy. He has also appeared for FC Stratford and Bishops Cleeve.


Charlie Wise – Defender

Charlie joined from Bromsgrove Sporting after spells at Brackley Town and before that a couple of seasons at Corby Town, when he joined in August 2019 from Banbury United. He was part of Banbury’s promotion-winning side of season 2015 leaving the club in August 2016 for Kidlington and then moving on to Wantage Town in February 2017. He re-signed for Banbury in September 2017. Charlie originally came through the Brackley Town youth system.


Joe Hunt – Defender

Joe made his Cheltenham Town debut in August 2021 in the Papa John’s Trophy at Bristol Rovers. The teenager featured for Evesham last season on loan.


Rhys Bennett – Defender

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Rhys made his debut last season and is the first product of the EUFC Academy to progress to the first team.


Brennan Denness-Barrett – Midfielder

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He is a former Cheltenham Town scholar having spent time at Stratford Town during pre-season.


Kyle Belmonte – Midfielder

Kyle joined from Bewdley Town after playing for Alvechurch, where he had been since July 2020. He moved to Lye Meadow from Worcester Raiders. He previously gained experience with Redditch United in 2017/18 and was also on the books at Stratford Town, Worcester City, Kidderminster Harriers, Malvern Town, Walsall Wood and Upton Town.


Ben Hammett – Midfielder

21 year-old Ben Hammett arrives at the club from Yate Town and is another talent to emerge from Hartpury University. Ben is a midfielder hailing from Bury St Edmonds. Ben spent time with AFC Sudbury before his move to Yate.


Chris Knowles – Midfielder

Chris started his career within the Bashley youth system and made his way into the senior team in the 2004/2005 season. He then appeared for Salisbury and then Bashley where he made over 250 appearances. He moved to Australia for three years, where he played his football for Wolves FC, and upon returning to the UK in 2014, he dual registered with Cirencester Town and Gloucester City. For Gloucester, Chris made over 150 appearances at National League North and South level. Chris joined Weston-Super -Mare in December 2019 where he played until sustaining a knee injury. Chris took on a coaching role in 2021.


Alfie Dunn – Midfielder

Alfie has moved from United Counties League Premier Division South side Easington Sports. He came through the Sports` youth section.


Josh Aldridge – Midfielder

A talented ball playing midfielder was recently released by League One side Cheltenham Town after a two-year scholarship at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium with his home-town club.


Connor Jakeways – Midfielder

Connor progressed through the Cheltenham Town youth system and appeared for us on loan last season.  


Rio Spencer – Midfielder

Attacking midfielder Rio has signed on a Work Experience loan from Cheltenham Town. He is a second year scholar with the club.


Aaron Evans-Harriott – Midfielder

Evesham-based Aaron became the youngest player at the time, to feature in a Football League match for Cheltenham Town back in 2019 at the age of 16, when he played in a EFL Trophy match against West Ham United Under 21s. In February 2020, a transfer fee was agreed to take him from Cheltenham to Coventry City in the Championship. The former Welsh under 15 international played a number of games at under 23 level.


Ben Whitehead – Forward

Ben signed for Cirencester Town in the summer of 2017 from Didcot Town. His previous clubs included Swindon Supermarine, Didcot Town, Wantage Town and Chippenham Town. Ben netted an incredible 86 goals in 87 games in two seasons at Cirencester Town. He moved to Weston-Super-Mare in June 2019. However, after a series of injuries and the pandemic, Ben re-joined Cirencester Town initially on-loan and then permanently last season.


Owen James – Forward

Owen began his career in the Oxford United youth team turning professional in October 2017. He made his senior debut in 2018 against Blackburn Rovers. He had loans at Oxford City, Stratford Town, Bracknell Town and Chalfont St Peter. He was released by Oxford United and moved to Chalfont St Peter on a permanent deal, but the season was cut short due to COVID-19. In July 2021, he signed for Stratford Town and appeared 35 times last season.


Dan Griffiths – Forward (On loan)

Dan Griffiths is on a months loan from National League South Chippenham Town. He signed on a two-year deal for Town in Summer 2021 from Cardiff City, having joined the Welsh side from Liverpool in the Summer of 2018. He is a Welsh youth international forward. He also played for Cymru Premier side Penybont during the 2019/20 season.